North American P-51D Mustang 44-13521 entered service on D-day 1944 but only lasted six weeks — although it did destroy four enemy aircraft — before crashing near Beauvais, allegedly being struck on the wing by a bomb dropped by another US aircraft. The airframe was rescued from a scrapyard in the mid-70s but it was not until 1998 that Maurice Hammond brought it to the UK for a ten-year restoration which saw it converted to a two-seater. It was registered G-MRLL from its wartime name, Marinell, and appeared at air shows alongside Hammond’s earlier P-51 restoration, G-MSTG Janie. Sadly, Hammond was severely injured when Janie crashed last year and
Marinell has now been sold in the USA.